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Tips for developing your best transferrable skills
Transferable skills are important traits that can be used over in a variety of roles. Developing your transferable skills means that if and when the time comes for a career change or progression within your current company, you will have a skills advantage.
Some key transferable skills that ensure you will be in serious consideration for a wide variety of roles include:
1. First class communications skills
Communication skills are absolutely vital to performing well in almost any role you can imagine. Being able to actively listen, but also convey yourself verbally and in writing is something any employer will want to see in prospective employees.
Communication skills don't just cover your ability to vocalise your own ideas and objectives within the workplace. Being able to get a message across in writing - without being long-winded - is a much sought after skill.
2. Leadership skills and management of others
You can demonstrate your value to a company through your ability to manage and lead others. This transferable skill is particularly important when applying for a promotion or a highly skilled role in another company.
Management skills are multi-faceted, but some of the key ways to demonstrate your ability to lead include:
- Managing your own time effectively, leaving time to assist others
- The ability to delegate responsibility in the absence of a manager
- Problem solving and conflict resolution
- The ability to motivate your co-workers in order to help them achieve their maximum potential
3. Planning and research skills
Being able to plan ahead, work to deadlines and research appropriate information in a set timeframe are all great transferable skills that add value in most roles. They indicate to employers that you are capable when it comes to time management and the ability to work to strict timelines and are able to set and meet goals accordingly. Showing you can analyse and interpret information to produce a well researched outcome is a rare skill many employers need.
4. Team cohesion and interaction skills
Being able to work independently and without supervision at times, is another key transferable skill. Just as important is the ability to be an insightful team player who works well and develops rapport with those on their team. Being able to not only get along with, but respect and influence others, within a workplace is incredibly important, as so much time is spent during a working week with your colleagues.
Need advice on how to highlight your transferable skills? The team at Page Personnel is here to help.
There are a number of key transferable skills that will move you quickly along your chosen career path or into a whole new area of industry. They include:
• Effective communication skills
• Strong leadership skills
• Ability to research and prepare
• Interpersonal skills to facilitate teamwork
Employers across a number of fields will value these skills in prospective new employees.